Introducing Our Potters

This page introduces our potters, their work and what they contribute to our pottery.

Amanda Cairney:
I fell in love with clay after joining a local pottery group about 15 years ago, I loved it as soon as I touch it, the possibilities of what you can make are endless. Wanting to learn more I studied for my degree in ceramics at Glasgow school of art and after graduation I set up my own studio at my then home in Yorkshire. After moving to Birmingham I joined the fabulous group at Sundragon Pottery and have potted there very happily ever since.

Amanda's Work:



I started making pottery at school-failed at O level-carried on regardless-started doing Adult Education classes-bought a kick wheel in my teens and used to throw at home and take my dried out work back to the class for firing.
I then moved around ,always finding drop in centres or Adult Ed in Lancaster, London or Birmingham when I returned home. I used to have a studio pass at the Mac before it was renovated and now have finally found my 'spiritual home' at Sundragon where I can happily throw into the early hours of the morning and mix with a wonderful selection of down to earth people sharing a love of clay!



A bit of biographical information about me, I started pottery at school in 1966, got the “O” level then “A” level, I have never been very long away from the potters wheel since then, I enjoy teaching, I keep very little of what I make after all these years. It is a hobby for me I will happily give items for raffles and quiz prizes.


Fiona Scanlan: 

I first started making pots at adult education classes over twenty years ago. I immediately loved it. I was reminded of happy childhood hours of making mud pies and modelling with plasticine. Unfortunately the class closed before I was able to develop any skills! Later I discovered Quinborne Pottery group which has since moved to Sundragon Pottery. I also took lessons at the MAC and now have a studio pass there as well.

I work with porcelain and stoneware. With porcelain I am currently concentrating on slip casting with coloured slips. I aim for pieces that are delicate and colourful. In contrast my stoneware work is intended to be tactile and functional. I enjoy handbuilding and wheel work.

I am influenced by nature, plants and landscapes and by abstract patterns. I really love to experiment, and I enjoy the process even if the end result doesn’t always work!

I enjoy helping other people to develop their skills too. I have taught individuals and small groups and I have a PETLLS teaching qualification. I will be running sessions at Sundragon every Tuesday from 7-9pm at which I can actively teach you new skills or just show you where everything is and let you get on with it or something in between – whatever you prefer!

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